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this is bbc news. i'm shaun ley. the headlines at 8pm — the bbc understands that the man arrested for the finsbury park terror attack is darren osborne, aged a7, from the cardiff area. he's being held on terrorism charges including murder and attempted murder. one person has died, and eight people were taken to hospital after a hired van was driven into worshippers near the mosque in north london. police have taken away the vehicle for further investigation as witnesses describe the moment the suspect was apprehended. when he was on the ground i asked him, why did he do that, why? innocent people. and he goes, "i want to kill muslims." and a minute's silence is held across the uk for the victims of the grenfell tower fire. police say 79 people are either dead or missing presumed dead after the disaster. many families have lost more than one relative.
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david davis says the first the first formal talks over brexit have been "constructive". it was clear from the opening that both of us want to achieve the best possible outcome and the strongest possible partnership, one that works for the uk and for the eu. emergency workers in portugal continue to evacuate people put at risk by major forest fires in the centre of the country. tributes are being paid to the former playschool presenter brian cant who has died at the age of 83. we will be speaking to baroness stowell benjamin, a fellow presenter who appeared on many shows with him. good evening and welcome to bbc news. nine people have been injured
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in what theresa may has described as a sickening terrorist attack on muslims in north london. one man died — though he'd collapsed before the attack, and the cause of his death isn't clear. it happened outside the muslim welfare house shortly after midnight. many of the victims had been taking part in evening prayers after breaking the ramadan fast. a group of people had been helping a worshipper who had fallen down just off seven sisters road. that's when a van mounted the pavement and drove into people. bystanders tackled the driver, holding him until police arrived to arrest him. a 47—year—old man — understood by the bbc to be darren osborne from the cardiff area — has been arrested under the terrorism act. our home affairs correspondent daniel sandford has this report. it was just after midnight in london, and the third attack using a vehicle injust three months. this time, the muslim
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community was the target. basically, he drove on the pavement, coming straight towards all the muslims. as he is coming to them, he hit all of them. after the van had crashed through worshippers marking the holy month of ramadan, leaving eight badly injured, men who'd been to late night prayers found themselves wrestling the suspected van driver to the road. when he was on the ground i asked him, why did you do that, why? you know, innocent people. he goes, i want to kill muslims. after a prolonged struggle, the suspected driver was arrested. the imam who had intervened to prevent further when the suspect was handed over to the first police officers to arrive. we flagged them down and told them the situation,
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there is a man, he is restrained, mowed down a group of people with his van and there is a mob attempting to hurt him, if you don't take him, god forbid he might be seriously hurt. what we proceeded to do, me and 20 people, lift the van and the man who got his leg stuck under it got his leg out, although he was in a critical state, really bad, bleeding from his ears and the rest of his body. the 47—year—old suspect is believed to be darren osborne, a father of four from cardiff, a man unknown to mi5 but somebody who police are now investigating for any extremist or racist views he may have expressed in the past. by lunchtime, the prime minister had arrived close to the scene of the attack. visiting finsbury park mosque, one of two whose worshippers were caught up in the violence. the terrible terrorist attack that took place last night was an act borne out of hatred and it is has devastated a community. i'm pleased to have been here today,
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to see the strength of that community, coming together, all faiths united in one desire, to see extremism and hatred of all sorts driven out of our society. there is no place for this hatred in our country today and we need to work together as one society, as one community to drive it out, this evil that is affecting so many families. the prime minister's visit came up just after 12 hours up just over 12 hours after the van ploughed into a group of worshippers. theresa may clearly wanting to be seen among the community that was attacked as soon as possible. jeremy corbyn, who is the local mp, was up most of the night talking to his constituents. and visited the scene with the labour mayor of london, sadiq khan. throughout the day the enormity of what had happened and appeared to weigh on the shoulders of politicians from all parties. this is terror on the streets
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and a terror of the people on the streets, in the communities i'm very proud to represent in parliament, that's why i'm here today. all around the politicians visiting, a huge police forensic operation was under way. the focus, this white van rented in wales. it had turned off the main seven sisters road into a cul—de—sac, hitting the worshippers as it went through. some of them had been treating a man who was apparently suffering a heart attack. he later died. it is unclear if he was hit by the van. he was the only person who died here last night. this was quite clearly an attack on muslims, who looked like they were probably muslims and they were coming from a prayer meeting. we treat this as a terrorist attack, and we in the met are as shocked as anybody in this local community and across the country, at what has happened.
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in this year of terror, the muslim community of north london was a new target, but the consequences of the violence were the same. eight people are still in hospital this evening, some with potentially life changing injuries. daniel stanford, bbc news, finsbury park. let's talk to abdul quddus — imam of the ahmadiyya muslim community — who works primarily with the fazl mosque in southfields. he joins us live from finsbury park. thank you for being with us on bbc news. had there been fear, concern among you and your fellow muslims in your community that there might be some kind of backlash, that there might be sunk under attack in response to some of the terrible events we have seen, which in a sense have stirred up this suspicion
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and fear some muslims are now having to deal with? festival, and fear some muslims are now having to dealwith? festival, iwould like to dealwith? festival, iwould like to pay my respects and condolences to pay my respects and condolences to those affected by last night's tragedy. once again, our great city of london has been attacked and as we all know, extremism and terrorism has a religion, regardless of what culture you are from and this crime was committed against humanity. islamophobia is on the rise and the result was a concern within the muslim community as well. the way to tackle it is to make sure that muslims themselves are open. there is the transparency from the mosques. we allow others, our neighbours, those that have no belief and from other beliefs, the come to our mosques and see what we are saying and listen to our sermons so that their minds are at peace as well. so we can reassure them islam isa well. so we can reassure them islam is a religion of peace. hence, it is
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important we come out and show solidarity with those, notjust because they are muslims but also non—muslims as well. it is an attack on our city. has there been any sign ofan on our city. has there been any sign of an increase in islamophobic comments, graffiti, warning threats in the wake of the incidents like for example the attack in manchester? as we know, reports indicate there is a rising islamophobia and a rise in extremist crimes. in the last couple of months especially, we find there is a backlash against muslims but it is important muslims themselves come out and show what the true islam is. i myself have received comments, slurs, abuse social media and people have said to me as well that this is
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terrible and what you guys are doing is against humanity. for us, it is important we show respect and tell them, you are misinformed about islam. it is important to show and portrayed the true teachings of islam so i would like to thank you for allowing us to come and voice our opinion about these incidents. the problem i suppose is still fringe activity, whether it is the islamophobics or those who use the name of islam to justify acts that you and most of your fellow muslims would regard as profoundly un—islamic, deeply offensive and wrong. it is a point you keep making, you are stuck with the damage those on the extremes do to the reputation of your faith. and the reputation of your faith. and the fear they create in the minds of people who perhaps do not know any
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better. we know that today's perpetrator was an indigenous man, a white man, but we can't blame the whole of britain, whoever is white, that they are responsible for such crimes. there might be a backlash against some people but again, just because a few do it, that doesn't represent our religion. the koran teaches that killing one soul is killing humanity. when you —— it doesn't matter with you kill a muslim or a non—muslim, you are killing an innocent soul. we have to stand together and really try to eradicate these misconceptions that have fallen within our society. more than ever before, this diverse city
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must come together once again and show what true londoners are. thank you for being with us. and we'll find out how this story — and many others — are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10.1i0pm this evening in the papers — our guests joining me tonight are alison little the deputy political editor of the daily express and the political commentator lance price. french police are investigating a suspected terrorist attack in the centre of paris this evening after a car crashed into a police van and then burst into flames. french police have sealed off one of the best—known streets in paris, the champs—elysees. the french interior ministry said the driver was armed. the number of people believed to have died in the grenfell tower disaster in west london has
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risen to 79. the metropolitan police have warned that they may never be able to identify all those who died. as our home editor mark easton reports, a minute's silence for the dead was observed at 11 o'clock this morning across the uk. there have been too many days like this. the firefighters of red watch, first on the scene last week, linking arms with others in the united kingdom, the country pausing to reflect on the grenfell tower tragedy, a nation once again standing silently united in grief. and then, for red watch, it was back to the harrowing work at the tower, as the official count of those now presumed to have died in the fire, rose to 79. police confirmed that...
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were among the victims. this was the reaction of firefighters when they raced to the scene last wednesday morning. it's impossible. itjumped up. like so many, disbelieving at the scale and ferocity of the blaze. i have investigated major crime for most of my service and i have seen some terrible things but i don't think anything prepared me for what i was going to see. the fire response team, including the red cross, london boroughs and whitehall departments, is now providing financial, physical and psychological support to more than 2,000 people. over £200,000 in aid has been given out. hotels and estate agents are helping find temporary beds and permanent homes but why did it take so long? it is almost as if you arrived three days too late. resilience arrangements were not invoked by the royal borough of kensington and chelsea
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until friday afternoon. at that point, that is when we can step in. why didn't they ask for help earlier? that is something people will want to see why. some residents from evacuated homes in the shadow of grenfell tower say they have been told that the only option is to return to the flats. one resident says a number of his neighbours are in homes without hot water and other amenities. without hot water and with water coming from a tank which is under that charred husk of the tower, yes, that is where we're being asked to live at the moment. the authorities say no one is being forced to return. the blackened shell of grenfell tower against the clear blue sky seems to challenge all those who stand in its shadow to demand answers and justice for scores of people we now know lost their lives. but what does justice mean? we focus on the cladding used at grenfell tower, the government has asked
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housing associations immediately whether tower blocks in their areas use the same material. a criminal investigation is under way with scotland yard promising to go wherever the evidence take them. where offences have been committed, i will do everything within my gift to ensure those responsible are brought to justice. this evening, a silent protest in the shadow of grenfell tower from a community that says it has not been listened to forfar too long. within the last hour... and in the past hour — metropolitan police have named khadija khalloufi has been named as the fifth victim as the grenfell tower tragedy. we had quite an emotional statement
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this morning, a huge operation into the grenfell tower fire. 250 investigators now working on that investigation. trying first to identify all those who have died and the second, to drive what is now becoming quite a complicated criminal investigation which i will come back to win a moment. one of the things commander cundy talked about was his own feelings about going into the tower on saturday morning. to be very honest, he found it very difficult to hold back the tea rs it very difficult to hold back the tears in the briefing about how devastating he found the scene and the complexity of the work ahead to retrieve all the remains from inside the building of those people who have died. thatjob is so complicated, one example, they may have to go abroad to get dental records for some of the foreign—born
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residents of the tower so that is why this will take weeks and weeks. the criminal investigation getting underway, all criminal offences are being considered by scotland yard. three key themes within that. the first is how the building was managed and maintained, secondly, what kind of fire safety procedures we re what kind of fire safety procedures were in place and thirdly, since wednesday, what kind of role if any did the refurbishment of the building have? what did it contribute, if any, to the disaster? that'll take many weeks if not months to get to the bottom of. and you can see that panorama programme looking at the grenfell tower fire which starts shortly on bbc one — that's at 8.30pm this evening. viewers in northern ireland can see the programme at 10.50pm. it will be available on the bbc iplayer as well. the headlines on bbc news — the bbc understands that the man
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arrested for the finsbury park terror attack is darren osborne, from cardiff. he is being held on terrorism charges including murder and attempted murder. one person died and eight people were taken to hospital after a hired van was driven into worshippers near the mosque in north london a little after midnight. today is the first day of brexit talks between the uk and the european union. they have completed the first day of negotiations, both sides say they got off to a positive start. sport now and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here's reshmin chowdhury. let's start with football. england's under 21 european championship is back on track — after a disappointing 0—0 draw in their opening game, they came from behind to beat slovakia this evening. a confidence boosting performance for aidy boothroyd's side in poland, as nick parrot reports.
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to be champions, you need heroes. slovakia had plenty off the pitch, england needed to find one on it. after only managing one shot on target in their opening match against sweden, it took two minutes forjohn swift to look up to his name. his shot was tame. if only the opposition had been the same. challenges came thick and fast and then a blow that would have hurt even more. everton's new £30 million goalkeeperjordan pickford. centre back alfie mawson cost swansea just £5.5 million. he was able to give england's small contingent something to cheer about. the youngsters didn't have way to celebrate again. ten minutes later, nathan redmond had options as he bore down on goal. he went for heroics and was handsomely rewarded. deflection
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proved critical but it is often said, you make your own luck. they have been a shock on day one at the queen's club. kyle edmund was beaten by canadian qualifier denis shapovalov. this was a rematch of that davis cup tie earlier this year, when shapovalov was disqualified for hitting the umpire with a ball. no such misfortune today though... despite slipping here, the canadian still managed to win this point and the first set tie—break. edmund hit back though, breaking shapovolov immediately in the second set to win it 6—4. and while the decider went with serve for the first nine games, the 18—year—old got the crucial break to seal the biggest win of his career to date. i'm just incredibly happy and so thankful to get a wild card here. i hope to be back here and i hope to have a good run and be back here for
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many years. i wasn't sure what to expect with the fans, him being a homeboy and everything that has happened but the crowd were incredible and they really cared so iam very incredible and they really cared so i am very thankful to them. i was trying to cheer them on and get them as excited as possible. meanwhile nick kyrgios is out — he was playing the american donald young, when this happened. he slipped badly and was down for several minutes getting treatment. kyrgios went on to lose the first set on a tie—break and decided to retire injured, in order to recover in time for wimbledon. frenchmanjo wilfried tsonga has already booked his place in the second round, with a straight sets win over countryman adrian mannarino. the bulgarian grigor dimitrov swept past ryan harrison of the usa in less than an hour. the number six seed won it 6—3, 6—1. britain's naomi broady pulled off a surprise win against world number 32 alize cornet at the aegon classic in birmingham. after a tight first set, broady came through in a tie break.
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but cornet struggled following a fall in the second set, and broady took advantage, winning the match 7—6, 6—0. it's only the fifth time in her career broady‘s beaten a top—50 player. the british number three heather watson is out, she lost the opening set to ukraine's elina svitolina, but battled back to level and force the match into a decider. svitolina, the world numberfive, broke early in the third set though and eventually came through 6—2, 5—7, 6—3 for her first win at this tournament. that's all sport for now. i'll have more in the next hour i'm glad we could make up for cutting you off short earlier for the brexit news conference! the coroner's report into the death of carrie fisher says the actress had traces in her system of several drugs, including cocaine,
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when she died suddenly in december. the 60—year—old was taken ill on a flight from london to los angeles and died four days later. the actress, who was best known for her role as princess leia in star wars, had a long history of drug use and mental health conditions. russia has warned the us—led coalition fighting in syria that it will view its aircraft as targets, after a syrian military plane was shot down on sunday. an american fighterjet shot down a syrian warplane which was allegedly dropping bombs near us backed forces close to raqqa. this afternoon the white house said that the united states was working to keep lines of communication open to "deconflict" potential issues. judges at the court of european rights to order doctors to continue to give a baby life support in order
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to give a baby life support in order to consider its case. the baby's pa rents to consider its case. the baby's pa re nts wa nt to consider its case. the baby's parents want to take into the united states and the wayfarer trial. almost exactly a year since britain voted to leave the european union formal negotiations have begun in brussels. the brexit secretary, david davis, who has vowed to get a deal "like no other in history", said talks have got off to a promising start. in the last hour he has been speaking to journalists following a day of talks with the eu negotiator michel barnier. both sides have agreed on the priorities and timetable for talks, and mr davis reaffirmed the government's commitment to leaving the single market and the customs union. the position hasn't changed. we have the lancaster house speech, the two white papers and the article 50 f. all backed up by a manifesto as well. so it is the same as it was before. because the membership of the single market requires the four freedoms to be obeyed and we need to
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bring back to britain control of our laws, our borders, we will be leaving the single market and seeking to set up a free trade arrangement and a customs agreement. similarly, we will be leaving the customs union. the same arguments apply but also because that is the only way we can develop our free—trade agreements with the rest of the world and that is a major upside for britain. so the circumstance has not changed at all. today's talks were very much about tone, and outlining the key matters for discussion. at the same press conference the eu's chief negotiator michel barnier, said concerns about the border between the uk and ireland were one of those top priorities. we agreed that our closest collaborators, europeans, will start dialogue on ireland. the protection of the good friday agreement and the
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common travel area are most urgent issues to discuss. we also agreed on the importance of the timing for this first phase. our objective is to agree and the main principles of the key challenges for the uk's withdrawal as soon as possible. this includes citizens' rights, the final settle m e nt includes citizens' rights, the final settlement and the question borders in particular, in ireland. michel barnier speaking a few hours ago after a news conference. my colleague christian fraser is in brussels. it was striking how much effort went into building an impression that these men are great friends, that they will be conducting these negotiations in a spirit that is positive and friendly. there was an exchange of gifts. tell us about the
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other side, how difficult will this be? i think you are right and the personal relationship will count for an awful lot if they can get it off together. if they get on and they can find compromise on issues. as that relationship develops, it could become hugely important because they are of course driving the process. but you're right, there are seemingly insurmountable issues to do in two years. i am not saying they would get to it eventually but within the space of 500 days, there is an awful lot to get through. what we got today was the sequential way forward , we got today was the sequential way forward, so we know there will be a week—long meeting every month and then in between those meetings, the technical teams will obviously communicate and try to announce some of the differences. it will be his men who will be the arbitrators if you will and try to get past any obstacles they have. by the end of october, there will be five meetings we have had, five of these week—long
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meeting said the pace is picking up but there is an awful lot to do in such a short space of time. i think most money here in brussels would be on some sort of transition at the end of that process, hopefully not a cliff edge but perhaps a longer slope for the two sides to come to that future trading relationship. david davis was asked after the statement, about a sense that perhaps the negotiation position might change, if for example there was to be a change of british prime minister, that something might be different even as a result of the general election. we heard phillip hammond on the weekend suggesting, hinting that may be while we would leave the customs union, that they might be some alternative arrangement we could be part of. do you get the sense europeans think there might be an opening now that they didn't think was the previously that there might be room for compromise? in the european press,
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we have heard emmanuel macron saying, if you ever change your mind, the door is still open. you get no sense of that really from what david davis is saying today or from philip hammond on the sunday programmes yesterday. they are saying the lancaster house treaty which theresa may set out is what stands. at the moment, britain is leaving the single market and the customs union. i think the frustration for the europeans is that they wanted an election so the prime minister would have a mandate. a whopping big mandate for what she put on the table so they could be certain from the side that the person who is sitting across the table from them would be there at the end of the process and secondly, the end of the process and secondly, the prime minister who is driving it would be there as don't have that
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certainty at the moment but they have the hand they have been dealt and that's the one david davis laid out today. that's the way they will be proceeding with a hard brexit. monthly meetings between the two men, the principles, but big teams presumably working all the time behind—the—scenes. can you give us a sense of what sort of mix of expertise they are drawing on? what size teams they are trying to marshall? i counted the uk team that was with david davis last night and there were between seven and nine people on his immediate team. they will probably be split into these three technical groups they were talking about today, on the severance payments, on the island issue and citizens rights. obviously david davis saying that on citizens rights in particular, they will put forward their plan, they're offering, on monday. i presume these technical teams from our side and
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also from the europeans i will get around that and work out whether it's feasible or not. from time to time, those technical teams will shift onto other issues, but basically i get the sense that these technical teams are going to do all the legwork. the these two men are going to come within the month, and iron out at the top political level where the differences are. the crucial thing about this as well is that the briefings ahead of this meeting will also be supplied to the other 27 european countries so they are abreast of what's happening with the negotiations. it's important that it's done in an open settings so that when they finally, if they finally get to some sort of agreement in november 2018, the european parliaments are not caught by surprise. thank you. 500 days of negotiations ahead. i hope you will be spending all of them there! will see you soon. “— be spending all of them there! will see you soon. —— i hope you won't be
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spending all of them there. time for a look at the weather. once againa once again a little too hot for some today. temperatures at 30, 30 2 degrees. it will stay hot tonight and tomorrow. no real change on the weather front, just that the risk of one or two showers may be across parts of the midlands and east england. quiet throughout the evening. temperatures around 11 o'clock. still in the mid—20s across the south. some 10 degrees lower in belfast in glasgow. much more co mforta ble. belfast in glasgow. much more comfortable. we are seeing a cold front moving across the country very slowly through the night, and into tomorrow. behind it we have got slightly, ever societally fresher air. that means the heat on tuesday will be transferred to more southern and south—western areas where is in the north that will start to cool off. temperatures lowering across northern england tomorrow. wednesday, another hot day across england and wales. those temperatures could creep up again in
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the south—east. this is bbc news. i'm shaun ley. the headlines at 8.30pm — the bbc understands that the man arrested for the finsbury park terror attack is darren osborne, aged a7, from the cardiff area. he's being held on terrorism charges including murder and attempted murder. one person has died, and eight people were taken to hospital after a hired van was driven into worshippers near the mosque in north london. when he was on the ground i asked him, why did you do that, why? innocent people. and he goes, i wanna kill muslims police have taken away the vehicle for further investigation police say 79 people are either dead or missing presumed dead after the disaster. many families have lost more than one relative. david davis says the first the first formal talks over brexit have been "constructive". the brexit secretary, has been meeting the european commission's
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chief negotiator michel barnier in brussels at the start of two years of negotiations. it was clear from the opening that both of us want to achieve the best possible outcome and the strongest possible partnership, one that works for the uk and for the eu. the former children's tv presenter brian cant has died at the age of 83. he found fame as the host of many bbc programmes including play school and play away. he'd been suffering from parkinson's disease. i'll be talking to a colleague of mine cantu presented play away with him in the 1970s soon. but let's return now to our lead story. the horrific act of terror in north london as we heard, the metropolitan police commissioner said this was clearly a n police commissioner said this was clearly an attack on muslims. communities have been calling for increased action to tackle the growth in islamophobic hate crime especially since the london bridge attack. extra police have been
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deployed on the streets to reassure communities. our religious affairs correspondent martin bashir reports. with temperatures and tensions rising in this multiethnic part of north london, the chairman of finsbury park mosque offered words of unity. an attack on one faith is an attack on all faith and communities. those who try to divide us and who aim to spread fear, hatred and division will not succeed. statements from all the major faiths echoed these sentiments, with the archbishop of canterbury describing this as a crime against god and humanity. while religious leaders have condemned this attack in unison, many in this community are angered by the media coverage and what they say is the rush to connect acts of terror with islam, but a reluctance to do so when the victims are muslim. as news of the attack began to spread, the anger only increased.
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i was here on the ground for two and a half hours on the anger was stemmed from the fact that news outlets, bbc news and sky news were calling it a major incident, a minor incident, a car collision. let's call it what it is from the get go, if it was any shade darker than white they were to call it a terror attack. i'm glad they're starting to take steps to call it what it is. nobody feels safe, who wants to go to the mosque now? we have to look behind our backs just a practice our religion. we are living in fear. as he spoke to reporters, community secretary sajid javid was interrupted. as a muslim, how do i keep me and my son safe? we don't feel safe at the moment. i didn't want to send him to school. well, first of all, i am a muslim, i have children. i know many members of the community across britain that express a very similarfeeling to what you've just said. sajid javid tried to
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offer some consolation. this is my community, and to hear all these things happening in london, as a muslim you feel so pushed out. other faith leaders argue that if muslims are being asked to help in the fight against radical extremism, then the least they deserve is fairness when they become the victims. i think islamophobia has probably lurked below the surface for a while and i think sometimes incidents like this happen and it brings it to the surface. i think that community leaders have a real responsibility to speak out and say, this is not acceptable. those community leaders will now play a central role, as people in north london respond to this latest terror attack. the first day of brexit talks between the uk and the eu have finished, with both sides saying negotiations have got off to a positive start.
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the eu's negotiator, michel barnier, and the brexit secretary, david davis, said they had agreed on the structure, timing and priorities of the talks. mr davis said the government would publish detailed proposals next week about the rights of uk citizens residing in the eu, and eu citizens living in britain. we can speak now to professor simon usherwood, who is a research fellow with the think—tank, uk in a changing europe. he joins us from guildford. thanks very much for being with us on bbc news. no great surprises at this stage. having seen what the two men have said, perhaps you can help us read between the lines of it. what do you get a sense of the most pressing concerns, and the area is really where potential conflict remains? i think the key message
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from today is that both sides are trying to make a good attempt at these negotiations now they have started. many fine words were being spokenin started. many fine words were being spoken in the press conference at the beginning and end of the day. but there are clearly still key areas of concern. the one that looks to be the most intractable is the question of the border between northern ireland and the republic. which has been moved to a slightly different parts of the negotiations, andi different parts of the negotiations, and i think the lack of any credible proposals on either side for keeping the border open, i think is going to bea the border open, i think is going to be a point of contention. particularly because it has implications potentially for the uk, possibly having to reconsider whether it is part of the single market, or the customs union, or not. that is going to be one of the key areas we will see efforts to try and move the conversation on. without any clear path or options
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before them. we are just seeing some pictures of michel barnier on a recent visit, that's him in ireland. we could talk to politicians both in northern ireland and the republic and we had a reminderfrom downing street today about how concerned the irish government is about the practicalities of this. reassurances from both sides, but in the end, there has to be some kind of border if the uk is leaving the eu. that has to do two things: apparently enforce free movement within the eu, but not of european citizens into the uk, through northern ireland. and at the same time, the possibility of transportation of goods and services across the border. is it possible in your judgment to have this soft border that somehow will achieve all these objectives? it's possibly an option. but it's very difficult. we have to
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remember the border is not well defined, we have factories which are half in one country and in the other, lots of very small points of communication. between the two countries. enforcement becomes a really problematic issue. we saw that during the troubles, where even ina very that during the troubles, where even in a very difficult situation, it was not possible to provide a com plete was not possible to provide a complete policing of that land border. there are going to be difficulties. probably what has to be done is to try and separate the different issues into smaller issues, and we are seeing now with the other big areas of discussion at this stage. rather than trying to do this stage. rather than trying to do this as a big problem,... who will try to make some progress that way. professor, good timing. wejust lost your microphone for a few seconds there but got most of what you had to say. thanks very much. the government has begun making emergency fund payments to those
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made homeless by the fire. ministers say every surviving family will get £500 in cash, and £5,000 paid into their bank. our special correspondent lucy manning reports on the impact of the relief effort and the continuing search for survivors. she is just 12 years old, but those who know her say she is a remarkable young woman. she starred in a comic relief debate just two months ago. unrealistic to think that it will disappear like this, as bill gates said we have to raise the bar. now firdaws, her six—year brother, 13—year—old brother and parents are feared to have been killed in the fire. there is no doubt that she and the other children had wonderfulfutures. the children were taken on activity trips and after—school activities. they were intelligent, always asked sensible questions, and she was inquisitive, she had a thirst for knowledge,
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she was always learning and teaching the georgian. the oldest child absolutely loved football. always making jokes, had a brilliant sense of humour, two beautiful souls. the younger child was a bundle of energy. so many children lost in this community. a community still struggling to get all the help that it needs. miguel almgauer is lived on the 13th floor of grenfell and now his home miguel alves is lived on the 13th floor of grenfell and now his home is a room on the 14th floor of a hotel with his wife and two children. they promised me they will do something in the next three orfour weeks. you think you will be in the hotel for between three and four weeks? i don't know but i expect that, yes. so you had to ask the council with help with housing? they didn't come and ask you? nobody contacted me.
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has anybody contacted you from the council about help? no, i had to go and do it myself. miguel‘s family received £500 from them yesterday but miguel is struggling to get new documents and needs his family's cards in the tower block. the youngest need help too. ryan and tina write a message for six—year—old yacob who was their friend. their mum tells me many of the children here will need support. french police sealed off the champs—elysees in paris this afternoon, after dealing with what's thought to be an attempted terrorist attack. a car crashed into a police van before bursting into flames. no officers or members of the public were hurt. our correspondent hugh schofield, who's in paris, told me a little earlier about the circumstances surrounding what happened, and confirmation that the driver had indeed died... we know he's dead now. the interim
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minister has been at the scene and gave a brief press conference, the man is dead. we thought he was because there is social media footage of him lying spread eagle on the ground near the car. and indeed of police removing his clothes, presumably to check for explosive devices. it was it seems if boiled orfailed devices. it was it seems if boiled or failed terrorist attack on the shots elysee. the second in two months. two months ago a policeman was killed at the shopping end of the sheep trump's elysee. this was further down, for people who know paris, near the greenery and parks. maybe elysee palace, the presidents residents. about two hours ago, the driver of this white renault directed the car into a convoy of gendarmes, deliberately, and the impact set off an explosion on the car. it can't have been a very big explosion because footage shows the
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car still in tact visibly from outside. there's also footage showing billowing yellow smoke coming out of the vehicle and the police from the convoy and passers—by went up and smashed windows to get him out. perhaps thinking it was an accident. we don't know. at some point they realised it was not an accident because we know now that there were guns in the car, there was a clash ina cog guns in the car, there was a clash in a cog in the car. the explosion was probably caused by a gas canister or bottle of some kind in the car as well. at that point they com pletely the car as well. at that point they completely sealed area and it remains sealed now. experts go in and try and see what there is to see, about the car, but the man is dead. it was therefore a terrorist incident, whether this was his plan all along whether with the guns he had another target in mind. we don't know. the last thing to say is that he has been identified by police, we do not know his name but what they had heard as he is someone who is known to the intelligence services, because he on one of these watch
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lists, which does not mean he has been traced followed, but is on a big watchlist which includes thousands of people who are, but when they pop up on the radar anywhere, police are supposed to inform the intelligence services. he is someone who was known to intelligence services without being someone who has actively sought. portugal has announced three days of mourning as firefighters continue to battle a forest fire which killed more than 60 people over the weekend. many of those who died were trapped in their cars as they tried to escape. our correspondent james reynolds reports. these are the flames of portugal's worst disaster for more than a quarter of a century. for a third day here in the centre of the country, forests burn. on saturday, flames quickly engulfed this road. the fire caught families who'd been trying to drive to safety. it's hard to conceive of their last minutes.
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portugal has more forest fires than any other country in southern europe. it's had years to make proper preparations, and yet on this road dozens lost their lives in the fire. the village of nodeirinho watched the fires approach. a dozen residentsjumped into this water tank to escape. 84—year—old marta da conceicao was helped in by her daughter. "oh god, oh god, it was awful", she tells me. "like hell". the rescue effort continues during a three—day period of national mourning. the country now asks why its most isolated residents were left to save themselves. james reynolds, bbc
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news, central portugal. the former children's tv presenter brian cant has died at the age of 83. he found fame as the host of many bbc programmes including play school and play away, and was honoured by bafta in 2010. his agent said he had been living with parkinson's disease. david sillitto looks back at his life. i'mjudy. i'm judy. and i'm buying. brian cant. for millions, his voice immediately evokes... childhood. in early 60s, an audition in which
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he was asked to sit in a cardboard box led to a job on new programme. playschool. i had cooled to do an audition forjoy, the producer. basically, she kicked a box out from under her desk and said, get in that box. it's a fairly calm day. i took some. . . box. it's a fairly calm day. i took some... took some quells... it was a very similar box! i think i was a bit slimmer than. born in ipswich, he trained as a printer before having a go at acting. it's windy miller. hello, windy. the warm, friendly voice was also perfect for another children's adventure. trumpton. and the slightly more
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industrial cheaply. it gives me great pleasure to unveil the biscuit fountain... if it sounds like it was recorded in a cupboard, it's because it was. along with play away, bric—a—brac and other programmes, he was part of children's tv for more than 20 years. he also wrote and appeared on stage, but more than anything, he was for many, a much loved pa rt of anything, he was for many, a much loved part of childhood. with me is baroness floella benjamin who presented alongside brian cant in playaway... sad to talk about somebody when they die, but it's also a heck of a career to reflect on. and one with a lot of positives for many people, dare i say it, at my age. lot of positives for many people, dare i say it, at my agelj
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lot of positives for many people, dare i say it, at my age. i would like to say my heart goes out to brian, firstly. it's a sad time because we've lost another child, a children's icon. but brian was a comedy genius, i would say. he was totally devoted to making children happy. he introduced children to comedy, with zanyjokes and funny sketches. he could easily have gone on to do adult shows that he was committed, like me, to making children's lives committed, like me, to making child ren's lives happy. committed, like me, to making children's lives happy. he had been for want of a better word a straight actor before he ended up in children's tv. it wasn't a conscious move for him and yet it somehow took over. when we did children's programmes you were meant to have another career. they were seen as having a bit of fun, taking time out, when you want working in the theatre or on tv on adult shows. was it hard work? presumably a lot of like that is improv and coming up with ideas all the time. under a lot of pressure? 0h with ideas all the time. under a lot of pressure? oh no, it was scripted. we knew what we had to do. obviously
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brian was a genius and would say, let's put some comedy here, let's put this here. we did a sketch with him coming you felt as if you were in harmony. i loved working with him. we bounced off one another. we thought of new ideas and things to do. he wasjust thought of new ideas and things to do. he was just fantastic to work with. one of the few people who was very giving. you wanted to make the show look good, not himself look good. when you're that giving, you feel comfortable as somebody else working with your comedy partner. looking at your website earlier, i saw a group photograph which i will show you. there's about a dozen presenters. 0h show you. there's about a dozen presenters. oh my goodness! ifi show you. there's about a dozen presenters. oh my goodness! if i was able a0 years on to identify seven people including yourself and brian cant. that gives you an idea of what impact child tv presenters can have. do you think he was aware of that impact on what bought it on to you in subsequent years? none of us
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realise the impact we have. we did it because we wanted to have fun, enjoyment, it was a job that needed to be done properly. our reducer was very determined we put children first. that was the whole idea. it's only now i realise the massive responsibility that we all had to millions of children who weren't happy, who were feeling depressed, who didn't have a family. we were there surrogate brother and sister, mother, parents, onto your uncle or whatever you want to call it. brian's legacy, and when you look at children's tv presenters, their legacy will last forever because childhood lasts a lifetime. everything we did in those days, we saw to introduce them to a different life, to become writers, doctors, to feel good about who they are. to become teachers, musicians. children's programmes in those days we re children's programmes in those days were not stepping stone. it was something you did because you loved, give dedicated to making people's lives happy. and i am really
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thrilled that i was part of that era with brian. we created magic. nothing better to say about being with brian. he was a genius. ifeel it isa with brian. he was a genius. ifeel it is a lost all of us, but what he did is imprinted in our minds, and what he did for children will last forever. i don't think there's anything to say apart from thank you very much for being with us. that warm, affectionate tribute to brian ca ntu warm, affectionate tribute to brian cantu ‘s death was announced today, let's hope we will be seeing many of those images of him and abused for yea rs those images of him and abused for years to come. thank you. —— brian cant. let's take a look at the weather. he is someone else who tries to communicate complicated ideas and simple ways for people like me. evening, thomas! evening. well, it's hot. i'lljust walk off the screen now... not looking forward to tonight, it's going to be really u nco mforta ble. forward to tonight, it's going to be
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really uncomfortable. scorching high temperatures today, around 33 degrees. the hottest day of the year so far, probably not getting them tomorrow but it will be hot enough. in the short term, as far as the weather, there is nothing happening. clear skies, a bit of cloud around here and there after that really warm day. but it's not hot everywhere. across the north, we have not got the heat. much fresher evening. these are the templars at 11pm. 11 and all fast, 1a in glasgow. freezing cold you could say in stornoway, 10 degrees. fresher through the night in the north, meaning tomorrow the heat is really across the south where is northern areas, along the north sea coast, a bit less hot. hello, i'm ros atkins, this is outside source. we start at the finsbury park mosque in north london where a man drove into worshippers late sunday night. the van hit a crowd who had gathered to help an elderly man who had collapsed and later died.
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it's not clear if his death was the result of the attack. ten others were also hurt. a man has been arrested for terror offences. the bbc understands he is a7—year—old darren osborne. this is what the prime minister said. it is a reminder that terrorism, extremism and hatred take many forms. our determination to tackle them must be the same whoever is responsible. in brussels the first brexit negotiations between britain and the eu have begun.
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